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Berry Good Berry Benefits

More than 20 acclaimed researchers recently presented the results of their latest studies on the positive effects of berries on human health at the 2009 Berry Health Benefits Symposium.  Evidence continues to mount on the link between consumption of colorful berries-such as blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries-and living a longer, healthier life.

The latest research demonstrates the impact that berries have on health-related issues such as brain aging, cancer, cardiovascular disease and metabolism.  Data suggests that berry properties like antioxidants, anthocyanins, elagitannins and polyphenols play a vital role in fighting disease.

"We continue to be encouraged by new research that confirms that the dietary intake of berry fruits has a positive and profound impact on overall health, performance and disease," said Dr. Jim Joseph, director of the neuroscience laboratory, USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.  "This is an exciting time for both researchers and consumers as we continue to discover new ways to promote optimal health."

To review the abstracts of studies now available or to learn details of the event, visitwww.berryhealth.org.  For more information contact the California Strawberry Commission at 831-724-1301.